We believe that knowledge of the principles of critical thinking and of the rules of acquisition are sources of power to do things well and get things done. Knowledge of the principles of critical thinking enables you to discern the quality of arguments and the soundness of conclusions. With that ability one can make effective plans and sound decisions and explain and justify them to others. Next comes knowledge of the rules that govern the acquisition process. Such knowledge is the foundation of acquisition professionalism. Only when one knows how to find, interpret, understand, and apply the rules properly can one participate fully, creatively, and effectively in the acquisition of supplies and services for the United States of America.
Critical thinking and knowledge of the rules is essential to the development of sound acquisition strategy and process design and to strategic innovation and process streamlining. Many opportunities to obtain better quality and to save time and money are lost when Government and contractor acquisition personnel do not know how to evaluate arguments and do not understand what they may and may not do, and when ignorance and misunderstanding leads to the use of needlessly complex, cumbersome, and ineffective acquisition strategies and processes.
Knowledge of the rules is essential to the maintenance of public trust. Many rules are violated because Government and contractor acquisition personnel do not know of them or do not properly understand them.
In Critical Thinking for the Acquisition ProfessionalSM and in The FAR Bootcamp®, we prepare government and contractor attendees to succeed in the acquisition process by teaching them the principles of critical thinking and how to find, interpret, understand, and apply the rules. No matter what their roles in acquisition, now and in the future, attendees will gain ability and knowledge that will serve them well throughout their careers.